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Avian flu outbreaks hit several European and Asian territories

Avian flu outbreaks hit several European and Asian territories

An increasing number of European and Asian territories are being hit by the highly pathogenic virus H5N8, which is commonly known as avian flu, the World Organisation for Animal Health confirmed.

Researchers measure coconut crabs’ remarkable squeezing force

Researchers measure coconut crabs’ remarkable squeezing force

A coconut crab can easily crack open hard-shelled coconut, thanks to the remarkable pinching or crushing power of the creature's scary claws. Known to biologists as Birgus latro, coconut crabs eat whatever they can get their strong claws on.

To measure coconut crabs' pinching power, Shin-ichiro Oka and colleagues from the Okinawa Churashima Foundation in Japan measured the crushing power of 29 crabs on the Okinawa Island with the help of a sensor.

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New pre-IVF treatment calculator predicts odds of having a baby

New pre-IVF treatment calculator predicts odds of having a baby

A team of British researchers claimed to have developed a pre-treatment calculator that allows couples see their chances of success with in vitro fertilization (IVF) even before completion of the first cycle of treatment.

Traditionally, doctors have been reluctant to estimate a woman’s odds of having a baby before she completes at least one cycle of IVF. But the new calculator allows women to get an estimate of their odds before IIVF’s first cycle.

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CWD posing big threat to deer

CWD posing big threat to deer

Deer in Alabama are at risk because of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) that isn’t spread from bacteria or virus but by a little minuscule varmint called a prion, the state’s Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) cautioned.

Prions can be described as infectious, single proteins that affected infected animals’ brain by causing sponge like degeneration of brain cells. This microscopic varmint is can ruthlessly withstand long periods of time and a number of decontamination methods.

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